Tackling visibility: towards developing a protocol for voice and communication therapy for trans men from of a pilot study undertaken between Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, London and the Laurels Clinic of Gender and Sexual Medicine, Exeter, UK


A number of studies have documented the effects of masculinising hormones on voice in FtM transsexuals (trans men) (Adler, Constansis, & van Borsel, 2012; Damrose, 2009; Zimman, 2010). Despite evidence that taking androgens... [ view full abstract ]


An initial pilot workshop aimed to explore whether a protocol of voice education, vocal training and practice would impact on the clients' own perception and overall rating of the ‘maleness’ of their voice and their... [ view full abstract ]


Speaking and Reading Fundamental Frequencies (SFF and RFF) were gathered at the beginning of the pilot group, and at the beginning and end of the second group. Participants completed a ‘Self-Perception of Voice and... [ view full abstract ]

Main Outcome Measures

Participant perception was rated by a ‘Self-Perception of Voice & Communication’ questionnaire. The initial questionnaire consisting of 6 questions on the use, function and perception of voice, was refined for the second... [ view full abstract ]


All participants reported a positive shift in the self-rating of their voice at the end of the workshop. Following the pilot workshop, 67% of participants reported that their ability to adapt the quality of their voice was... [ view full abstract ]


Exploration of voice and communication skills addressing vocal fatigue, voice-body connection, resonance, and pitch and loudness dynamics, contributed to trans men’s perception of their voice as being more male. This... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Matthew Mills (Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic)
  2. Gillie Stoneham (University of St Mark & St John)

Topic Area

Oral & Poster Topics: Voice and communication


OS-1E » Voice & Communication I (14:00 - Thursday, 6th April, Adriatic)

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